Located in the tiny, unique town of Boonville, Anderson Valley Brewing Company opened the doors to its first brewpub in 1987. Since then, they’ve built a new facility and now brew their world-class ales in copper vessels salvaged from two defunct but historic German breweries. Much of the electricity they use comes from solar panels. The Anderson Valley brews include award-winning Boont Amber Ale, Hop Ottin’ IPA, Poleeko Gold Pale Ale, Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, Boont Extra Special Beer and Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale, among others. An annual Boonville Beer Fest is held each May.
You can find out more about the beers and where to buy them as gifts for your friends (or yourself), discover the world’s first 18-hole Disc Golf Course with a craft brewery for a clubhouse, or even learn “Boontling,” the famous local lingo. (Anderson Valley Brewing says “Bahl Hornin!”) Tours of the brewery are daily at 1:30 and 3:00 p.m., except holidays. Stop by the Tap Room to arrange your tour. You will need to wear closed shoes for safety.